Litigation is often difficult, expensive and stressful. At Coffin Mew we have a highly regarded Dispute Resolution team with a proven track record and reputation. We have acted successfully on many high profile cases and we can be trusted with the most difficult disputes at the most difficult of times for our clients.
We have a breadth of experience across the team, but focus particularly on the following core practice areas:
- Corporate/commercial disputes
- Shareholder and partnership disputes
- Breach of trust proceedings
- Professional negligence claims
- Intellectual property disputes
- Commercial property disputes
- Insolvency disputes
- Breach of confidence and restraint of trade litigation
- Risk management
- Construction disputes
- Personal/individual disputes
Further details on some of these areas can be found following the practice area links above.
A highly skilled team
We believe that effective dispute resolution is best managed by senior lawyers taking a hands-on approach and through dedicated junior lawyer involvement. Our team is structured accordingly.
We have considerable trial experience and are able to represent our clients directly in all higher civil courts. We also work with a small selection of highly regarded and trusted barristers.
Whilst we are well known in the South region, we have former City and Magic Circle litigators in our team and we are increasingly instructed against London and national firms.
The Legal 500 2014 says: Coffin Mew’s “excellent team” “shows the rest how it should be done”.
Focusing on our clients’ needs
Dispute resolution is often the most important and expensive legal purchase a client will make. Often litigation is uncharted territory for our clients. We believe that they are entitled to advice and recommendations, not just options. The structuring of our team, with substantial senior fee earner involvement, enables us to provide that advice and guidance.
We are strategic and accessible in our approach and never let the heat of a dispute, or “interesting” legal argument, get ahead of a client’s overall best interests.
Strategies for a satisfactory resolution
When commercial relationships break down there are often numerous issues and sources of disagreement.
Identifying, understanding and marshalling these issues is essential to effective dispute resolution. This requires lawyers with judgment, experience, and a commercial mind-set. These are the qualities we espouse.
Where disputes are amenable to alternative dispute resolution we are skilled at facilitative negotiation and mediation. This can enable us to identify and build consensus in even the most intractable situations.
Many disputes cannot be resolved this way either initially, or at all. Where that is the case and we cannot get sensible engagement from our opponents we are not shy of court. We fight hard in our clients’ best interests and have extensive experience in the use of preliminary hearings to narrow issues in dispute and potentially dispose of proceedings without the need for a full trial.
Where a trial cannot be avoided the potential costs of litigation demand careful consideration of how and where to invest in any case.
It is our experience that even the most complex disputes ultimately turn on a small number of key legal and factual issues. We have considerable trial experience within the team and are therefore skilled at assessing the likely merits of those issues. That enables us to cut through to the core of a case at an early stage to focus on the key, determinative issues. This ensures that the key points are not obscured in the pleading and presentation of the case. It also makes the litigation manageable and promotes effective cost control.
If you would like further information please contact us on 023 8033 4661 or click below to send an email.
The practice works closely with the employment, corporate and commercial teams to handle multi-disciplinary issues such as restrictive covenant breaches and IP litigation. Ian Dawes leads the practice and is adept at handling cross-border disputes as well as IP matters. Solicitors Linden Talbot, Emma Stevens and Danielle Cranstone are also recommended
Legal 500, 2017
The firm has a friendly, professional and thorough approach to handling matters.
The quality of work is very good. They have done things at the appropriate times and have been very practical.
Chambers and Partners 2018
What our clients say
These are some of the things which our clients have said about our team members:
Straight talking, robust and methodical.
Gives a client a complete feeling of confidence.
Always one step ahead of the opposition.